Why Cena winning at Fastlane would make (some) sense

Let me start this by saying I completely understand the backlash WWE would receive from a large percentage of fans if John Cena won the WWE Championship Sunday at Fastlane. But let me explain why it could work.

I’m on the side that believes Cena will win his record breaking 17th championship. But for him to win this and not get booed out of the building – it needs to happen soon. As he slowly transitions into a part time superstar, fans will not be willing to accept a 17th title win later down the road.

So Cena wins Sunday. Now you have to choices here. Make the WrestleMania match with Shinsuke Nakamura a triple threat and add Styles to it. Or you move Styles to quick US title program to face Orton or Roode at Mania. The latter is the way to go.

Nakamura has not been built to be a serious WWE Champion powerhouse. And I worry that some fans would boo him if he beat Styles at Mania. But if he beat Cena for the Championship he would receive a major ovation.

Then Cena can disappear and do whatever he has next on his busy schedule and we slide Styles back into that WWE Championship picture with Nakamura for the next PPV or build it up for SummerSlam.

Yes, fans would be furious that WWE is taking away Styles versus Nakamura but that doesn’t mean we will never get that inside a WWE ring.

Rousey one month later: I’m in

Ronda Rousey “shocked” the world at Royal Rumble, showing up and sending a message to the entire WWE roster.

It’s now been just over one month since Rousey made her official debut. After a rocky start I was very skeptical. But I’m relieved to say this build to WrestleMania has turned me into a believer.

I was worried she would be booked as another heel but it appears she is being pushed as a mega face and it will only be a matter of time before fans are 100% behind her.

Each week she’s getting better with her promos. She sells her facial expressions better than anyone. All that’s left is her in ring work.

Rousey hit Stephanie McMahon with a Samoan Drop in the opening segment of Monday Night Raw this week. It looked a bit stiff but that’s just me finding things to nit-pick at.

It’s only been a few weeks and she’s gone from boos to cheers. Putting her up against Steph was brilliant and a great way to launch her WWE career.

Uncertain Cena is fun Cena

John Cena came out Monday night and did exactly what everyone predicted — call out The Undertaker.

Cena Sunday night was very down on himself, a sight the WWE Universe is not familiar with. And that’s good. After losing the Elimination Chamber match, Cena said he did not have a Wrestlemania match.

On Monday, Cena swerved everyone. He challenged Undertaker to a match on the grandest stage of them all. But then said that wasn’t possible.

It’s still not clear what Cena will be doing at Mania but we should learn more Tuesday on Smackdown Live.

Cena is now showing a different side of his character. He’s beginning to transition into a part timer leaving him in a weird middle ground right now without any real direction. And that’s exciting. The opportunities are endless. And just because Cena said a match against the Undertaker is impossible, I still wouldn’t count it out. The Deadman could walk out tomorrow night and stun fans.

While not being able to predict what will happen is always fun, it can also be scary. If they add Cena to the A.J. Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura title match then things could turn ugly and you might see and hear some backlash. Hopefully that’s not the case and Cena has something fun up his sleeves.


Reigns fires the first shots

Roman Reigns set the table Monday for Wrestlemania 34’s main event that will pit Reigns against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar for the red strap.

The Big Dog cut a solo promo calling out Brock Lesnar for not showing up. He said it wasn’t scripted. I’m not here to debate that. But what I will say is I’m at least no longer 100% against this match.

In my opinion this was one of Reigns’ stronger promos. He did what he needed to do. Reigns is the guy who puts in the work each and every night while Lesnar shows up occasionally and is often viewed as a superstar just mailing it in.

Reigns also pointed out the picture going around of Lesnar and UFC’s Dana White. As much as I do not want to see this match, I am now more open than ever to see how these guys build toward it.

We will see how Lesnar responds in the weeks moving forward.

Elimination Chamber predictions

For the first time ever, seven men will step in the unforgiving Elimination Chamber this weekend. The stakes are high as the winner will go on to face Brock Lesnar in what will likely be the main event at WrestleMania.

Following a memorable gauntlet match on Monday Night Raw that included all seven competitors in Sunday’s match, the hype is real. Too bad this pay-per-view still feels very predictable. So let’s get into the predictions.

Asuka (W) vs. Nia Jax (L): If there’s any match that’s more of a lock than the men’s chamber it has to be this one. There’s no way Asuka takes a pin here. The Empress of Tomorrow has an incredible undefeated streak and this match is just a stepping stone for her toward her WrestleMania match. With that said, Nia has to look strong here. I think she is still in line to face Alexa Bliss at Mania so this will be an important test for her. If Asuka can lock in the Asuka Lock and make Nia pass out without tapping after a hard fought battle then both sides will look good.

Bray Wyatt (W) vs. Matt Hardy (L): This feud seems to be going nowhere anytime soon. At least a loss for Matt Hardy only feeds his current “woken” character and we are hopefully building toward a final deletion at WrestleMania. With Bray winning, I can see this feud wrapping up at Mania. A Hardy win Sunday and I’m not sure where we go unless it’s not a clean finish.

The Bar (W) vs. Titus Worldwide (L) Raw Tag Team Championship: The Bar just reclaimed the titles at the Rumble. And here’s no way anyone backstage is ready to put the strap on the Titus Brand. Plus, who is the baby face here? I understand Apollo is supposed to be but does he actually have any fan support? This is just a bridge until we get The Good Brothers or Revival in the mix.

Alexa Bliss (W) vs. Mickie James (L) vs. Sasha Banks (L) vs. Bayley (L) vs. Mandy Rose (L) vs. Sonya Deville (L) Raw Women’s Championship: It feels as if Bliss has had nothing to do for months. I’m surprised she’s even in this match. But as mentioned earlier, I still think we are building toward Nia Jax versus Alexa Bliss at Mania. I think Sasha is the only other woman who makes sense here but this could be a great spot to pull the trigger on a Bayley and Sasha feud for New Orleans. Another thing to watch here is the Mickie/Alexa dynamic. The two have had some moments lately that were clearly booked with a purpose.

Roman Reigns (W) vs. Finn Balor (L) vs. Braun Strowman (L) vs. Elias (L) vs. Seth Rollins (L) vs. John Cena (L) vs. The Miz (L) Number One Contender Match: Since the Raw after Mania last year we have been building toward Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar at WM 34. And it’s been clear that nothing, no matter what, will stop that from happening. Seth Rollins’ historic performance Monday set him up to be next in line for the Universal Championship after Roman wins. This match will be perfect for setting up other potential Mania matches like Cena versus Elias and Braun versus The Miz.